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“It just takes a long time for your skills to catch up with your ideas.”—Advice to young filmmakers from writer/director Richard Linklater (Boyhood)Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast with Alex Ferrari Soon after I finished writing my book Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles, Alex Ferrari asked me to be on his Bulletproof Screenwriting podcast. That opportunity was a little […]

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Let me start with the good news—starting a podcast is easy. And can be done for free. You can launch a podcast in an hour or two using only your cell phone. (Of course, the cell phone is an expense, but I’m going to assume if you’re interested in starting a podcast, that you already […]

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Here’s The Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles podcast. I say that not with trumpets blasting, but in a whisper. Consider this the soft launch of the podcast rooted in my book of the same name. I still have a lot to learn about podcasting, but I’m out of the gate with a 2 minute trailer. You […]

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Note: I’ve been using most of my free time in the last two weeks trying to power through launching the podcast Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles. I still have a few things to wrap my head around, but look for an launch announcement tomorrow. (In fact, this post will probably find its way into episode 1.) […]

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Note: I’ve been using most of my free time in the last two weeks trying to power through launching the the podcast Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles. I still have a few things to wrap my head around, but look for an launch announcement tomorrow. (In fact, this post will probably find its way into episode […]

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I drove by this church Sunday afternoon on Easter Sunday 2021. It’s actually only a few miles from where director Jim Jarmusch and cinematographer Tom DiCillo shot part of the black and white Stranger Than Paradise. Scott W. Smith is the author of Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles

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“The internet is a miraculous things. Just share as much as you can, self-publish, blog, podcast whatever you need to do.”—Diablo Cody

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There is no production related book that I have given to my creative friends more than Jessica Abel’s Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio. There is a 10 part companion podcast of the same name. Both are outstanding. What follows is a re-post 2017 that fits in well […]

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“In essence, we’re in a new golden age in audio.”—Alex Blumberg There have been a few moments in the last decade that elevated podcasting in contemporary storytelling. But one of the biggest was when Oscar-winning actress Julie Roberts signed up to star in the streaming show Homecoming. Without Roberts, there might not have been that […]

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“The way I recognize a great theme is I feel something when you say it. If I’m intellectually That’s cool, we’re not there yet.”—Meg LeFauveThe Screenwriting Life, ”Turning Ideas Into Screenplays” My plan in the coming weeks is to actually walk you though my experience of starting a podcast. But today I’m going shine a […]

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